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“Lovely for a weekend break”
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Shelley's
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Lynmouth
Oxford
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely for a weekend break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

Booked at short notice for a weekend break. Styled as an hotel, some may regard it more as a B&B as it lacks a restaurant (instead go to Le Bistro just next door - marvelous!). However, if it is a B&B it falls into the luxury, almost boutique category. Spotlessly clean and fragrant throughout and run by a friendly, attentive but by no means over bearing, couple. Lovely comfy lounge and spacious, well-appointed bedroom. Superb breakfast (get there early for a fine sea view). Doubtless because we booked late, our room seemed to be one of only a couple without a sea or river view. Next time we'll make this a must and would recommend you do too, especially as some seem to have a veranda/ balcony. We 'risked' this place rather despite its web site instead of because of it. Must rate as one of the worst sites ever for doing its subject an injustice! Don't be fooled.

Room Tip: Insist on a room with a view!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

'Friendly, helpful, clean and comfortable with good food and great location. Many beautiful walks from the front door and great places to eat out. What more could you want - well, maybe biscuits with Welcome tray! Thank you for a lovely short break.'

Room Tip: Go for one witg a view out to sea.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Jane W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

Lynmouth is an absolutely adorable place accessible by a choice of three exceedingly steep hills or a near-vertical cliff railway. Shelley's hotel is really the jewel in Lynmouth's crown. It is steeped in history as a result of its connections to the poet and, more recently, as a casualty of the disasterous floods in 1952 - although you would never have thought that the building had ever been affected looking at it today. The hotel is situated overlooking the bay at the confluence of two powerful rivers. On an evening stroll we were thrilled to see an otter searching for its dinner on one of the river banks - amazing! There's lots of good walking straight from the hotel's front door. The location really is excellent - the only drawback being the lack of hotel car parking. There is a public car park directly across the road and the hotel can supply permits at £3.50 per 24 hour stay, but it would have been good to have private parking. We stayed in room 8, which was a conservatory room. Despite intermittent rain, the room was hot. It was lovely however, to sit in the dry watching the world go by. The chairs provided were a little too formal for conservatory seating, but cushions had been thoughtfully provided to make things a little more comfortable. The furnishings and decor in room 8 reflect the rest of the hotel and are quite traditional and tasteful. We did find that we both began to suffer from back ache from the bed by night three, although we had slept well on the first night. We found the pillows 'tired' and ready for replacement. Other than this, the room is really comfy. I found the shower a little less so. The bathroom was very snug and I found the shower fitting a bit awkward, but there were lovely fluffy white towels provided and everything is bright and clean. High standards prevail here. The breakfasts are fabulous. The buffet was fairly standard, but cooked breakfasts are well cooked, extremely hearty, imaginative and beautifully presented. This meal will really set you up for the day. There is a very tight window for breakfast - between 8.15 and 9.15 a.m. In addition, it is requested that your room is vacated by 10.30 a.m. if you want it servicing. Whilst it is nice to have the option of not bothering - clean towels and refreshment supplies can be obtained from reception - we thought that the system was very process-led and not guest-led. After all, the reason to choose a hotel rather than self-catering is that you can have a rest from the routine chores. Also, ill health this year has made me a late-starter in the mornings. In the event, we managed okay. All in all though, it is no surprise to find that Shelley's receives consistently good ratings. The hotel is efficiently run, with comfy bedrooms, a very pleasant guest lounge and a lovely breakfast room where wonderful breakfasts are served. We would definitely love to return in the future and would readily recommend Shelley's. We had a brilliant few days here with this lovely hotel as our base.

Room Tip: The conservatory rooms are fantastic when the weather is a bit unpredictable and it is lovely to be...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

Stayed at Shelleys one very rainy and blustery day in June. The weather was appalling but Shelleys was so cosy and warm. Our room was immaculate and had a small sun room which led out on to the narrow veranda, just very special. Breakfast was delicious as was our meal the evening before which was in a Bistro just across the road from Shelleys.
Thouroughly enjoyable escape.

Room Tip: On the side with veranda
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Daisy M
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2012

Lovely views across bay from our room. Clean and well-presented. Comfortable and beautifully styled. Breakfast is excellent and plentiful. The hosts, Jane and Richard, are extremely helpful and welcoming

Room Tip: Ask for balcony room for fantastic views
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Andy H
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lichfield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2012

Booked last minute at Shelley's without any prior knowledge of the area or its hotels. So glad we did as we scored hits on both counts. Shelley's is in a great location at the bottom of the valley with the sea and 2 rivers on its doorstep. The hotel is tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean throughout. We had a conservatory room with a sea view a very comfy bed good furnishing and a nice shower room. Breakfasts were freshly cooked more than ample and with a plentiful choice. Our hosts made us feel very welcome and nothing was to much trouble for them. An all round great stay and we will certainly be returning to Shelly's in the future.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank john p
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

Review 'There are many things that need to be just right when you stay away from home in order to get the very best from a break away and for us, Shelleys ticks all the boxes.
Warm, welcoming , smells fresh and lovely ,immaculately clean, comfortable room and bed, fantastic views, breakfasts that are just so good ,and the hosts are genuinely nice people who go out of their way to make you feel welcome . Just lovely .'

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank carole s
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Property: Shelley's
Address: 8 Watersmeet Road, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park EX35 6EP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Lynmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Lynmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Shelley's 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay where 19C English Romantic poet 'Percy Bysshe Shelley' honeymooned during the Summer of 1812. Shelley's in Exmoor National Park is an award winning hotel with commanding spectacular views across Lynmouth Bay. We have lovingly restored it to a very high standard throughout to create a warm, friendly and welcoming ambience. Under our personal supervision it has developed it's very own unique character, elegance and style that comes only from attention to detail. ... more   less 
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Shelley`s Hotel Lynmouth
Shelleys Hotel Lynmouth
Shelleys Lynmouth
Shelley's Lynmouth, Devon

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